Tribpedia: United States Congress

Article I of the Constitution establishes the legislative or law making branch of government with the formation of a bicameral Congress. This system provides checks and balances within the legislative branch.

Only after much debate did the Founding Fathers agree on the creation of the House of Representatives and the Senate. A major issue was how representation in the legislative ...

Hitting "Washington Cartel," Cruz Conjures New Foil

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit in Nashua, N.H., on April 18, 2015.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz at the First in the Nation Republican Leadership Summit in Nashua, N.H., on April 18, 2015.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is opening a new front in his war of words against Washington, D.C., decrying a "Washington cartel" replete with corruption and cronyism. The offensive gives him a new foil in Congress — and on the presidential campaign trail. 

Will Hurd of San Antonio explains his plans as a Congressman-elect from Texas during TTEvents on Dec. 18, 2014
Will Hurd of San Antonio explains his plans as a Congressman-elect from Texas during TTEvents on Dec. 18, 2014

Hurd Defies the Odds for U.S. House Republicans

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Congressional Republicans have never been able to retain a black lawmaker in a true swing district for more than a couple of terms. Could Texas' Will Hurd change that? 

U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, is shown at the annual alumni Aggie Muster on April 21, 2012, at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan's Helmand Province.
U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Tyler, is shown at the annual alumni Aggie Muster on April 21, 2012, at Camp Leatherneck in Afghanistan's Helmand Province.

Analysis: When Right Doesn't Make Might

Republican challenges to sitting Republican speakers of the House could backfire on the renegades — showing them to be far less numerous or politically powerful than they previously appeared. U.S. Rep. Louie Gohmert mustered just three votes in his challenge to Speaker John Boehner. And state Rep. Scott Turner has gained little public support among House members in his bid to unseat Texas House Speaker Joe Straus.

U.S. Sen. John Cornyn during a 2014 Texas Tribune Festival interview.
U.S. Sen. John Cornyn during a 2014 Texas Tribune Festival interview.

Analysis: A U.S. Senate With a Texan at the Top?

If the Republicans win control of the U.S. Senate in Tuesday's elections, the second-ranking member of what is now the minority party — John Cornyn of Texas — could be sitting pretty. And if U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky loses, Cornyn could be in position to be the first majority leader from Texas since LBJ.

Ebola virus virion. Created by CDC microbiologist Cynthia Goldsmith, this colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion.
Ebola virus virion. Created by CDC microbiologist Cynthia Goldsmith, this colorized transmission electron micrograph (TEM) revealed some of the ultrastructural morphology displayed by an Ebola virus virion.

Dallas Hospital Apologizes for "Mistakes" in Ebola Care

A representative of the Dallas hospital under scrutiny for its handling of the first Ebola case in the United States apologized on Thursday for mistakes he said the facility made when it initially misdiagnosed the patient.

 

The race to replace U.S Rep. Steve Stockman in Congressional District 36 is a battle of geographical allegiance between supporters of the two Republican candidates headed to the May 27 runoff: Brian Babin (l) of southeast Texas and Ben Streusand (r) of suburban Houston.
The race to replace U.S Rep. Steve Stockman in Congressional District 36 is a battle of geographical allegiance between supporters of the two Republican candidates headed to the May 27 runoff: Brian Babin (l) of southeast Texas and Ben Streusand (r) of suburban Houston.

Candidates Talk Urban-Rural Divide in Runoff

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The race to replace U.S Rep. Steve Stockman in Congressional District 36 is a battle of geographical allegiance between supporters of the two Republican candidates headed to the May 27 runoff: Brian Babin of southeast Texas and Ben Streusand of suburban Houston.

Most of the 12 candidates for CD-36 seated on stage during a Republican candidates forum sponsored by the Hardin County Republic Women in Silsbee, Texas, Monday Feb. 17, 2014.
Most of the 12 candidates for CD-36 seated on stage during a Republican candidates forum sponsored by the Hardin County Republic Women in Silsbee, Texas, Monday Feb. 17, 2014.

Standing Out a Challenge in Race for Stockman Seat

In the 12-way Republican primary for the seat currently held by U.S. Rep. Steve Stockman, the candidates are running more against President Obama than against one another. The crowded field of candidates has had just three months to convince voters they are the best pick for Congress.

Cruz, Cornyn Still Prominent Critics of Health Care Law

With major components of the Affordable Care Act set to take effect in the coming months, Texas' U.S. senators have remained vocal in their calls to defund or dismantle the law. While some may see political motives, staff members say the senators are only trying to address what they see as flawed policy.

Video: Analyzing the UT/TT Poll

It took the pulse of Texas voters and showed where they rate government and social issues and what they think of Washington and their local representatives. The University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll out last week revealed a few surprises and offered insight about public attitudes leading up to Tuesday's election.

Democratic U.S Senate candidate Paul Sadler, visits Austin Central Labor Council Labor Day fish fry at Texas AFL-CIO office parking lot in Austin, Texas on August, 31st, 2012
Democratic U.S Senate candidate Paul Sadler, visits Austin Central Labor Council Labor Day fish fry at Texas AFL-CIO office parking lot in Austin, Texas on August, 31st, 2012

Long Shots

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Democrat Paul Sadler is trying to persuade Texans that it's possible for a long shot to win a general election in Texas. Long shots win sometimes — just look at who Sadler is running against.